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12:55 PM ET, October 18, 2016

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Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Controversial Republican Mike Roman to run Donald Trump's ‘election protection’  —  Operative best known for promoting video of apparent voter intimidation by New Black Panthers will oversee poll-watching efforts  —  Donald Trump's “election protection” effort will be run by Mike Roman …
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New York Times:
Shameful Silence on Donald Trump's Lies About Vote-Rigging
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Clinton campaign fires back: ‘The system is not rigged’
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How low can Trump go in the polls?  —  Polls conducted since the first presidential debate last month put Donald Trump on a pace to earn a smaller percentage of the vote than any major-party nominee in at least 20 years.  —  In matchups that include third-party candidates, Trump is winning …
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USA Today:
In deep-red Florida, signs of trouble for Donald Trump  —  A poll of Millennials by USA TODAY and Rock the Vote shows overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton.  Here are five other things the poll showed.  —  THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Lifelong Republican Linda Fogg pauses sometimes while explaining …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
CBS News:
CBS poll: Clinton's lead over Trump widens with three weeks to go
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Trump's Wisconsin strategy: Burn it all down  —  Wisconsin Republicans already rejected Donald Trump once.  His escalating attacks on Paul Ryan are motivating a sizable number of them to do it again.  —  Trump will campaign in Green Bay Monday night, but many Republicans won't be glad …
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Naked statue of Hillary Clinton in downtown Manhattan causes fight during morning commute  —  An artist erected an obscene statue of Hillary Clinton in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning causing a heated fight between defenders of the profane piece of protest art and women trying to tear it down.
Discussion: Mashable, Mediaite, Gothamist and Guardian
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Billy Bush officially leaves NBC in the wake of ‘Access Hollywood’ tape  —  His exit is the result of the leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” videotape showing Bush and Donald Trump making lewd and sexually aggressive remarks about women.  —  Bush, a brand new host of the “Today” show's 9 a.m. hour …
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Melania Trump: Donald Trump was ‘egged on’ into ‘boy talk’
Stuart Rothenberg / Washington Post:
Trump's path to an electoral college victory isn't narrow.  It's non-existent.  —  The trajectory of the 2016 presidential race — which will result in a Hillary Clinton victory — remains largely unchanged from May, when Donald Trump and Clinton were in the process of wrapping up their nominations.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Donald Trump Is Running Some Really Insecure Email Servers  —  In what might be one of the more delicious cases of irony to ever grace a presidential election, a researcher has found that a number of email servers linked to Donald Trump's hotel and others businesses are running horribly …
NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Maintains Solid National Lead  —  After a bruising week for Donald Trump amid backlash from the release of a lewd 2005 recording and in-fighting among GOP party leaders, Hillary Clinton now holds a 6-point lead over the Republican nominee, according to the latest NBC News|
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Daniel Halper / New York Post:
State Department security really didn't like working for Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — State Department security personnel so disliked Hillary Clinton that many left the agency or asked to be reassigned, according to FBI documents released Monday.  —  The revelations come from an interview summary …
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Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton accused of stealing furniture from the State Department
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Agents Say Comey ‘Stood In The Way’ Of Clinton Email Investigation  —  FBI agents say the bureau is alarmed over Director James Comey's decision to not suggest that the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information.
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The FBI's Own Investigation Summary Proves Hillary Clinton Broke The Law
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Rosenberg Lies Never Cease  —  Sons seeking to exonerate their long-dead parents for their spying for Stalin are resorting to dishonest evasions  —  On Sunday night, CBS broadcast a moving segment on its 60 Minutes program.  Entitled “The Brothers Rosenberg,” the piece delivered …
Discussion: Power Line
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Anderson Cooper / CBS News:
The Brothers Rosenberg  —  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's sons …
Discussion: Power Line
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
Italian prime minister takes a swipe at Trump during White House visit  —  Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday morning took a swipe at Donald Trump during his visit to the White House, saying the future of the world is about building bridges, “not walls.”
Discussion: USA Today and The Week
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Politico:   Matteo Renzi hopes to avoid curse of Obama
Anjali Mullany / Fast Company:
Ivanka Trump Doesn't Flinch  —  As she leads her brand into its next stage, Ivanka reveals how she's navigating the drama around her father's presidential campaign.  —  11 images  —  The energy on the 22nd floor of Trump Tower becomes a little giddier when Ivanka Trump enters the small offices …
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election Could Hurt His Own Campaign, Research Shows  —  Republican Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that the election is rigged against him because of a corrupt political system may have the effect of lowering turnout among his own supporters, research shows.
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
Curt Schilling says he's running for Senate in 2018, setting up potential blockbuster race with Elizabeth Warren  —  Former star major-league pitcher and conservative firebrand Curt Schilling said Tuesday that he had decided to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for her US Senate seat in 2018.
Chicago Tribune:
John McCain backs off promise Republicans would block Clinton Supreme Court nominees  —  Sen. John McCain, seen here on April 12, 2016, backed off his comments on a radio show on Oct. 17 that Republicans in the Senate would block any nominee to the Supreme Court made by Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Vox and BuzzFeed
 
 
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George Takei / The Daily Beast:
George Takei: An Open Letter to America's Young Voters
Discussion: Raw Story and twitchy.com
CBS News:
Iraqi refugee living in Houston pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public's interest
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan GOP vice-chair ousted for refusal to support Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court rules against EPA in case over coal job losses
Discussion: Hot Air
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
While Donald Trump talks of a “rigged election,” Mike Pence may suppress the votes of nearly 50,000 African-Americans
Discussion: Politicus USA and Rewire
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Donald Trump Says 'I Don't Think So' When Asked If He's Crossed the Line With Women
Discussion: Associated Press, Mediaite and Politico